26th of January 2020 marks the 70th Republic Day of India. This anniversary honors the date our very own Constitution came into place. For the Indian youth, Republic Day has been no more than a holiday, but this year, with the increased interest in political matters, it will certainly be a day worth celebrating with pride. While important parts of the Constitution are being read all over the country, here are a few songs that will instill that patriotic feel within you. Gen X might still be humming to Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon, Sandese Aate Hain, and Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai, but these are songs that are more relatable and inspiring to the modern Indian youth. So, here it goes: our contemporary Republic Day playlist!
This war cry of a song from Lagaan (2001) will get your blood pumping and heart thumping. It’s the perfect mood to be in this Republic Day.
Rang De Basanti
This 2006 movie is even more relevant in today’s times and its title song by Daler Mehndi is a rich and moving tribute to the unquestionable love Indians have for the country.
Chak De India
This 2007 film didn’t make the Indian government look very good but then, the government does not represent ‘India’, the people do. And it is to the people that its title song most appeals to.
The future of the country does not depend on the older generation that controls it but the youth that will make a difference to it. And this title track from Youngistaan (2014) goes out to the young ones.
Raazi (2017) was one of the few films that showed us that patriotism has no gender. This track from the film still stands out as one of the most patriotic songs in Indian cinema.
A popular Urdu nazm written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, this song has been sung in protests against corruption and oppression over the years across the sub-continent. This version has been created by the students of Aligarh Muslim University.
Maa Tujhe Salaam
No patriotic list is complete without A. R. Rahman’s classic track. So we end ours with it. Jai hind!
Now play these songs on full blast and have a glorious Republic Day celebration. Click here for a list of patriotic movies you can watch.